Part 2 – Abanded Cerebral Palsy Victim

You, my friends, know how passionate I am about someone who is physically or mentally challenged.  I wrote a post previously about a young man abandoned in a wooded area in Philadelphia by his mother.  This young man has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, non communicative and non mobile confined to a wheelchair.

I read several different articles today condoning this mother, calling her a monster and other expressions I refuse to repeat.  The media should support a defenseless human being who is totally dependent to his caretaker, his mother.  He was unable to cry out for help.  He is trapped in his body not capable of helping himself other than to lie there hoping someone would find him.  He is a human being and should be treated with respect, dignity and love from his main caregiver, his mother.

Let me emphasize I am forming my opinion only on what I am reading in the media.  I don’t know this mother or the extended family.  However, what I do know, what it is like to care for a severely physically challenged child.  When this child becomes an adult who is totally dependent for all his personal and daily needs for 24/7, it takes a lot of courage, fortitude, mental anguish, physical dexterity and emotional stamina to make it through just one day.  This mother appears to be the sole caretaker.  She has to sacrifice her entire life caring for her child.

I read a few of the comments from people who have no idea what it is like to ask for help.  A lot of funds have been cut for much needed services she desperately needed.  Whatever available services that are available most likely have very long waiting lists or are full of red tape set up in order to discourage people to seek help.  Let’s face the truth here.  Our government’s priority is not   going to help the disabled.  

Let’s not place the blame entirely on this mother; it needs to be shared with a society who will not support our disability community.  She is to blame for abandoning her child so tragically.  I will not argue this point but I will also place the blame on the powers of our government who may have forced her to abandon her son out of shear hopelessness.

2 Responses to Part 2 – Abanded Cerebral Palsy Victim

  1. I’m glad you’re giving this the attention that it so needs, Jude. When I cared for disabled young teens it was hard work for the six hours I worked. But then I got to go home, and the parents took over, and it was forever for them!

    • Michele, I am not giving up. I contacted the Philadelphia Inquirer a few times following up with my publisher’s news feed on my book. Today I resent the book editor another email, this time relating the issue about this young abandoned man. I asked him to give me the opportunity to give my perspective as a mother of a special needs child and strongly suggested my book needs to be presented to tell my story.

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